The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this week
This week in Los Angeles, give back to the community by giving out food to the hungry. Then, get all spruced up for Dapper Day at LACMA, or try one of the many tasting menus available at participating restaurants of Dine L.A. Then, don’t miss a star-studded tribute to Johnny Ramone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
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July 21 | Volunteering
The Burrito Project
Spend an afternoon with other community-minded individuals and help feed L.A.’s homeless populations. The Burrito Project is a great way to make new friends while you give back. First, the group meets to roll up burritos together; then, they all travel together to downtown L.A. to hand out the eats to hungry homeless people in the area.
7:30 p.m. | St. Joseph’s Center Food Bank, 1524 Fremont Ave., Los Angeles | $10 | website
July 22 | Art and music
Dapper Day + Jazz at LACMA
LACMA is partnering with Dapper Day—a traveling event that attracts thousands of well-dressed people across the country—for a sophisticated party celebrating fashion, art, and music. The event highlights LACMA’s Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear exhibit, which will be open for longer hours on this day only. The day also includes two other LACMA traditions: picnics on the lawn and free jazz, this week performed by the Sasha’s Bloc Band.
12–9 p.m. | 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | From $25 | website
July 18–31 | Food
Dine L.A. offers you the chance to experience fine dining at some of the city’s best restaurants—without draining your bank account. Tasting menus are reasonably priced, allowing you to try multiple spots throughout this two-week event. More than 300 participating restaurants are offering unique menus for both lunch and dinner. Don’t miss Ledlow, in downtown Los Angeles, which will be serving such delectable American bistro fare as roasted white trout and strawberry shortcake.
Lunch & dinner | Locations vary | From $15 | website
Big Bear Lake
Just 80 miles out of Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake is traditionally thought of as a winter destination, but there’s plenty to do in the off-season too. Check out the Scenic Sky Chair, which has gorgeous views of the treetops and surrounding mountains from 8,200 feet up. Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, get eye level with the forest on a zip line. Rest your head at Apples Bed and Breakfast, a secluded inn where you’ll surely find some peace and quiet.
Apples Bed and Breakfast, 42430 Moonridge Rd., Big Bear Lake | website
July 24 | Tribute
Johnny Ramone Tribute
The Ramones’ guitarist Johnny Ramone will never stop rocking. Even his tombstone at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which shows him playing his electric guitar, is a testament to that fact. So a tribute party such as this is required to be next level cool. In honor of the band’s 40th anniversary, fellow rockers Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols) and Henry Rollins and John Doe (of the punk band X) will be on-site hosting a screening of Rock and Roll High School and taking questions from fans.
6:30 p.m. | Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles | $20 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.